Location: Smithsonian National Museum of American History
WL SPONSORED: Photos by Tony Powell
LONG TIME COMING: A thousand guests thronged the famed museum’s grand re-opening after a two-year renovation, marveling at the new skylight and balconies surrounding the vast atrium and an awe-inspiring new star spangled gallery for Old Glory. Lots of crowd-pleasers were back, ranging from the First Ladies’ gowns and Thomas Edison’s light bulb to Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. HISTORY BUFFS: Albert and Shirley Small (donors of a new gallery), $80 million benefactor Ken Behring (for whom the facility is now dubbed “The Behring Center”), Mallory and Diana Walker, Katherine Keller, and Ivan and Nina Selin.
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